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Be Someone’s Smile by Improving Your Smile

 

An orthodontist wants to be someone’s reason to smile, and that is why one of these individuals spends many years studying the orthodontic profession. Anyone visiting an orthodontic office can have a fast evaluation with three-dimensional imaging equipment to determine if they have wide gaps between their teeth or other problems that require treatment. The process of an examination to learn more about your malocclusions requires only a few minutes, and most patients think that the experience is fun.

 

Learn More About the Newest Orthodontic Treatments

 

After the examination, you will have a consultation with the orthodontist to decide if you want to wear clear aligners for approximately one year. Invisalign aligners are made of comfortable plastic, and you can smile while wearing these because no one can see the devices. Alternatively, you might learn that braces are a better option for your crooked teeth, but there are new types that repair malocclusions faster or that are worn on the backs of your teeth.

 

Schedule an Appointment for Each Member of Your Family

 

When you are trying to find an orthodontist for every member of your family, call Beach Braces,  Manhattan Beach, Calif. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci has the latest diagnostic equipment in her new office, making it easier to learn if you have mild, moderate or serious malocclusions. After learning more your mouth’s structure, Dr. Panucci will talk to you about the best orthodontic treatment for you or your child. Depending on your orthodontic needs, you might need to wear:

  • Invisalign aligners – appropriate for mild malocclusions
  • Self-ligating braces – made without elastic bands
  • Lingual devices – placed on the backs of teeth
  • Wild Smiles – colorful brackets and wires for children

To schedule an appointment, contact us with an online form at our website or call us today at 310-379-0006.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/

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Are Braces Painful?

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Are Braces Painful?

Your orthodontist just told you that you need to get braces. Undoubtedly, you are feeling a little anxious. When your first learned that you needed some form of tooth-straightening device to improve your smile, it is likely that there were many questions that went through your mind. First and foremost, you may have asked, when am I going to be able to get these things off? You are also no doubt concerned about what the end results would be or how will your teeth look.

 

The Application of Teeth Straightening Appliances

After your initial consultation and after you have decided which teeth straightening device will be best for you, you will schedule an appointment to have your braces applied. During the placement process, you should feel little to no pain or discomfort.

Over the next few days, you will likely notice that it feels uncomfortable to eat. This is especially the case if you have had ceramic or metal brackets with wires and rubber bands installed. You’re going to have to change the way that you chew your food. You might experience some irritation on your gums and on your lips as you get accustomed to talking and chewing with bits of metal or ceramic in your mouth.

Most people will opt to eat softer foods like soup, yogurt, and ice cream for the first few days after they get the teeth straightening devices applied. Slowly, you will get used to having them in your mouth, and eating will no longer be uncomfortable.

Feeling Your Teeth Shift

An essential part of the teeth straightening process is forcing your teeth to realign. You are going to feel some pressure on your teeth caused by the metal wires and the elastic ligatures. The pain should not be so severe that you will require prescription painkillers. Usually, the discomfort can be addressed by using an over-the-counter product.

Some people have been able to relieve the irritation caused by the metal or the ceramic rubbing against the inside of their mouth by putting wax over the brackets. Your orthodontist will be able to give you more tips on how to minimize the discomfort you feel. The initial pressure of having your teeth realigned should subside within the first week.

Discomfort after Checkups

Periodically, you will have to return to the orthodontic office to have your dental appliances adjusted. These adjustments are key to making sure that your teeth are being aligned properly. In the days following these adjustments, you may experience some discomfort that is on par with what you experienced when you first had the appliances put on your teeth. However, this discomfort can be addressed by using over-the-counter painkillers.

Is Invisalign Painful?

The condition of your teeth may make you a candidate for teeth straightening processes that use plastic aligners as opposed to using metal brackets. If so, you may wonder if you will experience less pain using this procedure.

The truth is that regardless of the orthodontic treatment you use, there is going to be some pain or discomfort. Even though the process that Invisalign aligners use is different, the result is the same in that they adjust the position of your teeth. That being said, most patients who use plastic aligners to correct their teeth only feel a mild amount of discomfort throughout the treatment. The pain is usually the most severe during the first few days of wearing the dental aligner.

Patients describe the pain as a sense of pressure or tenderness. For some patients, the discomfort comes because of the way they are taking the aligners out of their mouth and putting them back in. They might irritate their gums and their teeth. Some have commented that it is a challenge to eat certain foods or drink certain beverage the first few days after the procedure because of the discomfort they feel.

No Pain No Gain

Most agree that the pain is manageable. One tip that can help you minimize the discomfort you feel while using plastic dental aligners, is to wait to put in a new aligner until you are about to go to sleep. This way, if there is any initial discomfort, you will likely not feel it because you are asleep, or you will have to deal with it when you wake up.

Discomfort is minimized by:

  • Using over-the-counter painkillers
  • Eating softer foods when your teeth and gums feel sore or tender
  • Using a cold compress for around 15 minutes two times a day
  • Sucking on ice cubes periodically throughout the day to minimize the discomfort

Avoid the temptation to remove your aligners because they feel uncomfortable. In order to work, the Invisalign aligners must be in your mouth for at least 20 hours a day. While they can be uncomfortable, you will get the best results only if you follow the instructions provided by your orthodontic professional and if you take steps to minimize the discomfort caused by the aligners.

So…

So, does having teeth straightening procedures hurt? Yes, they can generate some mild pain or discomfort. However, the pain and discomfort are only temporary and easily managed. The results that come from having a healthy straight smile are many. Improved self-confidence, an attractive appearance, and the ability to chew your food better is more than worth any discomfort you might feel.

At Beach Braces, we understand how intimidating the entire orthodontic procedure might seem. For this reason, our team is dedicated to providing California residents oral health care in a way that is enjoyable, affordable, and most of all effective. Our orthodontists will walk you through every step of the procedures that you need to have done, and we will use the latest in modern technology to help craft a smile that you can be proud of. Contact us today and let us put our years of experience to work for you.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Fax: (310) 379-7051
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/

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All People Smile in the Same Language

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All People Smile in the Same Language

A smile can be at once disarming, friendly, and confident — it helps show other people that you care about them, that you’re interested in what they have to say, and that you are satisfied and happy. The communicatory power of a smile is truly extraordinary: people do not have to speak your language or know anything about you to appreciate the power of your smile. Visiting an orthodontist to be fitted for braces or an Invisalign retainer can help you find more confidence in yourself and your teeth — and thus give you even more of a reason to smile!

The technology behind brace fixtures has improved tremendously since the introduction of the clunky metal food traps that you saw as a kid. Behind-the-teeth, lingual and empower braces all help align crooked teeth and correct over and underbites without being obtrusive, uncomfortable, or unattractive. Adults who are reluctant to receive orthodontic treatment often cite concerns over appearance and discomfort, but new style orthodontic appliances remove these concerns from the picture entirely.

The Future is Here

Invisalign treatment devices have advanced even further in a short time. Because they are easily customizable, simple to remove, and incredibly effective, they have rapidly surpassed other appliances for the most trusted teeth straightening method. 3-D computer graphics technology makes for an incredibly precise fit, and expert calibration means that you hardly ever even feel the retainer as it is in your mouth.

Having confidence in your smile has a myriad of benefits — strangers become friends more easily, your work colleagues and bosses will notice a greater level of comfort with you, and people will remember your face and demeanour more positively. Manhattan Beach, California, is a beautiful place — a place like that deserves an equally beautiful face!

Visit or contact Beach Braces orthodontist today to set up a consultation and determine the best path for you to achieve all of your grinning goals.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Fax: (310) 379-7051
Skype: Beachbraces
www.beachbraces.org

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Why Teenagers Go for Invisalign?

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In the past, a trip to the orthodontist for a teenager almost guaranteed a mouth full of metal. While parents reassured these teens that it was “for their own good,” the thought of spending a majority of their high school years with hardware on their teeth was devastating. Many people have even opted to live with misaligned teeth as a way to avoid wearing these metal brackets.

Now, however, teens do not have to panic at the thought of having their teeth straightened. In many cases, the use of Invisalign can straighten their teeth without any noticeable hardware on their teeth.

Why Teens Love Invisalign

Being a teenager is hard enough. There is already so much going on in their lives as they grow into adulthood that adding metal braces to the mix can be devastating. As everyone remembers from when they were a teen, being self-conscious is part of the teen years is something that is not often avoided. Adding large metal braces to this factor does not help with self-esteem issues.

Teens have found that using the clear plastic teeth straightening product, however, usually goes unnoticed by their peers. They can slip the device on their teeth and go about their daily routine without much notice to their teeth. If anything, as their teeth, begins to straighten, their confidence grows.

Eat What They Love

Another drawback to metal brackets is that you are restricted from many foods that teens enjoy. Simple pleasures like chewing gum and popcorn are forbidden when you have brackets, and eating an apple is only accomplished by cutting it into bite size pieces. While every orthodontist is going to recommend that their clients avoid candy, teens are bound to indulge and many candies can ruin metal brackets. When you are using this type of teeth straightening product, an indulgence once in a while on candy will not ruin the product.

Easier Oral Care

One of the most difficult tasks for teens wearing metal devices is proper oral care. These teens must take special care for flossing and brushing that go above and beyond a normal tooth care routine. When you are using the Invisalign product, tooth care remains easy, just brushing and flossing; this ensures that the teen will keep up their good oral hygiene routine.

In addition to easy oral care for the teeth and gums, cleaning and maintaining the aligner product is also quite simple. Patients who use this plastic aligner can clean them with specially formulated cleaning crystals each day. These cleaning crystals keep the product sparkling clean, free from plaque or other debris, and eliminate any type of odours that may occur from daily life. The ability to keep this product clean in such an easy manner is very beneficial to teens.

Sports And Other Activities

Being active in sports and other activities can be hampered when your teeth are covered in metal. Since many of these activities are very physical in nature, the chances of having an impact in the mouth area are high and can lead to injuries of the mouth if metal brackets are installed on the teeth.

How This Product Works

The largest reason that teens love this product is because of how easy it is to use and achieve results. There are never any wires to tighten; there are never any brackets to change. You are not required to wear rubber bands in your mouth, and you will never have to wear head gear.

When you decide to use this type of teeth straightening product, the orthodontist takes a mould of your mouth to determine the placement of your teeth and uses this to cast a mould of the teeth straightener. Using a specific calculation method, the aligner is created to gently begin to move your teeth into a different position. Once the aligner is completed, the teen simply slips on the clear plastic device and goes about their day.

About every two weeks a new aligner will be created to continue the straightening process. This process continues until the straightening is achieved. It is really that simple. invisalign teen smile

Confidence Levels Are Boosted

Confidence can help you achieve your goals and leads to many pleasurable things in life. Helping teens build confidence is one of the reasons parents choose to have teeth straightening performed for their teens. A person who is happy with their smile always feels more confident.

When you use an invisible straightening product, you are giving your teen a double-dose of confidence. Not only do they understand that their teeth will be straightened when the process is complete, they are comfortable knowing that they will not have large metal brackets installed on their teeth making them feel self-conscious.

This added confidence can make all the difference in the high school experience. Teens that would normally feel left out and excluded can feel confident in their appearance and achieve their desires and goals. Why confidence plays such a large part in the formative teen years is unknown, but it is something that will carry over for them into their adulthood.

Helping your teen achieve a smile that they desire is not as difficult as it used to be. It does not have to involve uncomfortable trips to the doctor for wire adjustments and bracket installations. It does not have to involve avoiding favorite foods or chewing gum. It does not have to involve avoiding sports or physical activities.

Teeth straightening in many cases can simply involve a clear plastic aligner that is easy to use, easy to clean and helps build self-confidence. Parents have grown to love these aligners and many wish that this product had been available when they were teens.

To find out if your teen is a good candidate for this type of teeth straightening program, you are encouraged to make an appointment with Beach Braces Orthodontics by calling 310 379 0006 or visiting our website at www.beachbraces.org. You can schedule an appointment online or over the phone for a consultation on this incredible teeth straightening product.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A
Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Fax: (310) 379-7051
Skype: Beachbraces
http://www.beachbraces.org/

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If You See a Friend Without a Smile

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Can Smiles Spread?

Yes, smiles really are contagious! Your smile truly does affect those around you. The area of your brain that controls your smiling mechanism and the times that you mimic someone else’s smile is in the cingulate cortex, which is a response area that is automatic. Swedish researchers showed subjects pictures of different emotions, including anger, fear, joy and surprise. When a subject was shown a picture of a smiling person, the researchers told them to frown. What the researchers found was that the subjects naturally did the opposite. It actually took a lot of effort for the subjects to put a frown on their face. When you smile at someone, the odds are good that they can’t help but return that smile to you. If they don’t, it’s only because they are trying really hard to be a Grumpy Gus!

Who Is Missing Your Smile?

We all want to make the people around us happy. That’s just a natural part of being a social, well-adjusted individual. We would all rather be around someone who’s flashing smiles as opposed to frowns. But passing along the smiles may be harder if you’re not happy with your own smile. While a smile is a smile is a smile, you may be less apt to flash your less-than-perfect whites to a friend or stranger who sorely needs it.

How Can The World Benefit From Your Smile?

Invisalign aligners can straighten your teeth without the use of braces. You can remove these invisible aligners, which means that no one has to know that you’re straightening your teeth. A benefit of Invisalign is that you can eat and drink as you normally do. You can also brush and floss as you would in your normal routine. Because these aligners are not braces, there are no metals, wires or brackets that can cause abrasions.

If you’re interesting in having the world benefit from your smile, contact Beach Braces to see if Invisalign is the right solution for your smile. You and your orthodontist can create a treatment plan that will give you your perfect smile.

Beach Braces Orthodontics
220 N. Aviation Blvd
Suite A, Manhattan Beach
CA 90266
Phone: (310) 379-0006
Fax: (310) 379-7051
Skype: Beachbraces

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Gluten-Free Grain Free Caprese Mini Pizzas

Gluten-Free Grain Free Caprese Mini Pizzas

Ingredients

Crust

  • 5 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup low-moisture part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese (3 oz)
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Toppings

  • 2 plum (Roma) tomatoes, thinly sliced (at least 18 slices)
  • 6 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 6 slices
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 large fresh basil leaves, shredded

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line cookie sheet with cooking parchment paper; spray paper with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place half of the cauliflower in food processor. Cover; process until very finely ground. Repeat with other half of cauliflower. Transfer to microwavable bowl. There should be about 3 cups of packed cauliflower.
  3. Microwave cauliflower uncovered on High 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place colander over a large bowl. Line colander with kitchen towel. Transfer microwaved cauliflower to towel; set aside to cool about 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Squeeze water from cauliflower by wrapping the towel around it and twisting. Remove as much liquid as possible. Set aside to cool 5 minutes.
  4. In medium bowl, beat egg, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese with fork. Add cauliflower, and combine using hands, kneading mixture together. Discard any large bits of cauliflower.
  5. Sprinkle shredded Parmesan in 6 small mounds on cookie sheet. Divide dough into 6 equal balls; shape into hockey puck shapes. Place 1 piece of dough on top of each mound of Parmesan. Gently press out dough into discs, about 1/4 inch thick. Press together any ragged edges to prevent burning.
  6. Bake crust without toppings 20 to 25 minutes or until easy to turn; remove from oven, and use pancake turner to gently peel and release pizzas from parchment. Turn over pizzas, and top with 3 tomato slices per pizza, 1 slice fresh mozzarella, salt and pepper. Bake 8 minutes. Top with shredded basil.

Recipe From Betty Crocker

Take Care of Your Teeth, Too

Being healthy doesn’t have to be boring; it can be fun. Here’s a tasty recipe for mini pizzas that will seem like a party and keep you hearty. These mini pizzas are completely gluten free–how do they do it? The crust is made from cauliflower and cheese, no gluten products at all. Also included in the crust are egg, salt, and black pepper. The toppings are tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salt, black pepper, and fresh basil leaves. The ingredients are simple, healthy, and non-processed.

Another great way to be healthy is to care for your teeth. Be sure to visit the orthodontist to see if you need braces. Crowded teeth can lead to uneven wear, tooth decay, chipping, gum disease, and other problems. Braces can correct this and can even be invisible with invisalign.

Contact Our Orthodontic Office Today

The orthodontist working at Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach, Calif., understands how to evaluate her patients with top-of-the-line computer software. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci works with children, teenagers and adults to improve their smile and bite with these orthodontic treatments:

• Lingual braces
• Self-ligating devices
• Wild smile brackets
• Aesthetic devices
• Invisalign for adults and teenagers

Make sure you visit an Invisalign specialist like Patricia J. Panucci of Manhattan Beach Orthodontics. She possesses great skill and knowledge along with a compassionate nature. She offers a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved smile with perfectly straight teeth. Schedule an appointment today!

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

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Vegan Pasta Peperonata

Vegan Pasta Peperonata

INGREDIENTS

  • 12ounces rigatoni (3/4 box)
  • 1/4cup pine nuts
  • 1/4cup olive oil
  • 3bell peppers (preferably red and yellow), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2tablespoons chopped capers
  • 2tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • kosher salt and black pepper

DIRECTIONS

  • Heat oven to 400º F. Cook the pasta according to the package directions.
  • Spread the pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, tossing occasionally, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell peppers and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 5 to 6 minutes.
  • Add the olives, parsley, capers, vinegar, red pepper, and ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until heated though, 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Add the pasta and pine nuts to the skillet and cook, tossing, for 1 minute.

Recipe from Real Simple

Cook Tasty Pasta

Finding easy to chew foods after you begin to wear Invisalign aligners is a good plan because your mouth’s soft tissues may develop some sensitivity. A fast recipe to prepare is vegan rigatoni peperonata, and the tiny pieces of olives, bell peppers and onions combined with pasta and herbs helps to make this dish delicious.

Choose Nutritious Vegetables

An orthodontist will recommend that patients wearing braces continue to consume a lot of nutrients from brightly-colored vegetables. However, some patients find it difficult to chew hard foods right after beginning their orthodontic treatment. While becoming accustomed to having plastic aligners or metal wires on your teeth, choose meals that contain numerous minerals and vitamins.

Contact Our Orthodontic Office Today

The orthodontist working at Beach Braces in Manhattan Beach, Calif., understands how to evaluate her patients with top-of-the-line computer software. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci works with children, teenagers and adults to improve their smile and bite with these orthodontic treatments:

• Lingual braces
• Self-ligating devices
• Wild smile brackets
• Aesthetic devices
• Invisalign for adults and teenagers

Make sure you visit an Invisalign specialist like Patricia J. Panucci of Manhattan Beach Orthodontics. She possesses great skill and knowledge along with a compassionate nature. She offers a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved smile with perfectly straight teeth. Schedule an appointment today!

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

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Gluten Free Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach

Prosciutto-Wrapped Scallops with Spinach

INGREDIENTS

• 12 large dry sea scallops, (about 1 pound; see Note)
• 1/4 teaspoon lemon pepper
• 1 1/4 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, (about 3 slices), cut into 12 long strips
• 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
• 1 tablespoon lemon juice
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• Freshly ground pepper, to taste
• 12 ounces baby spinach

PREPARATION

1. Place rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Pat scallops dry and sprinkle both sides with lemon pepper. Wrap 1 piece of prosciutto around each scallop. Thread 3 scallops crosswise onto each skewer (securing the prosciutto to the scallop) and place on the prepared baking sheet. Broil until just cooked through, about 6 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, whisk oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon vinaigrette in a small bowl.
4. Place spinach in a colander and rinse under cold water. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add handfuls of spinach (with water still clinging to it) to the pan and cook, stirring, until just wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain the spinach and add to the medium bowl; toss to coat with the vinaigrette. Divide the spinach among 4 plates and top each portion with 3 scallops. Drizzle the scallops with the reserved vinaigrette.

Recipe from Eating Well

Maintain Your Energy Levels

Consuming protein is important while undergoing orthodontic treatment to maintain your energy while keeping bones and teeth strong. Prosciutto-wrapped scallops with spinach are a tasty appetizer or main dish recipe that contains a lot of protein from the scallops along with the thin pieces of ham.

Highly Nutritious Recipe

The soft pieces of scallops and prosciutto are gluten free and easy for you to chew while wearing ceramic or metal braces, and this recipe’s ingredients will not damage any wires or brackets inside your mouth. In addition to protein from the thin prosciutto and the delicious seafood scallops, this meal offers vitamins A and C along with iron, magnesium and calcium.

Schedule an Appointment with Our Orthodontist

Undergoing treatment for misaligned teeth is easy by wearing Invisalign aligners or customized braces that are fitted by our orthodontist in Manhattan Beach, Calif. Dr. Patricia J. Panucci is able to examine your teeth with state-of-the-art equipment to determine the best orthodontia for your needs, including:

• Self-ligating devices
• Clear aesthetic devices
• Wild smile brackets
• Invisalign for teenagers or adults
• Lingual devices

Make sure you visit an Invisalign specialist like Patricia J. Panucci of Manhattan Beach Orthodontics. She possesses great skill and knowledge along with a compassionate nature. She offers a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved smile with perfectly straight teeth. Schedule an appointment today!

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

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Replacing Missing Teeth If There Are Remaining Spaces After Treatment

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Missing teeth are a more common concern that most patients think. Many people who have missing teeth are concerned about how it will affect the way they present themselves to the public. However, there are also health reasons for replacing missing teeth. When you have gaps in your teeth, it can lead to problems with your gums and it can also be rather inconvenient when eating some types of foods. Not all missing teeth need to be replaced, and it really depends a lot on the individual circumstances surrounding the missing teeth.

The Importance of Straight Teeth

Whether you get orthodontic appliances applied as an adult or child, it’s important to people to maintain a healthy and effective smile. Especially in America, straight teeth indicate a certain status. Crooked and missing teeth erroneously indicate that the individual doesn’t take good care of their health.

There are also good health reasons for wanting a straighter smile. It can help prevent disease, promotes better gum health and makes it easier to care for teeth. Simply put, straight teeth are more functional than crooked teeth. So, what do you do when you’ve had braces and there are gaps between the teeth after treatment?

There are a few possible remedies. In some cases, a prosthetic implant may be warranted. With younger children and some adults, it may be necessary to leave the space to allow the teeth to adjust and move. Each situation has to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Evaluating Spaces Between the Teeth

It’s important to realize that spaces between the teeth don’t always need to be filled. It’s not completely uncommon for an adult to have a few teeth that are missing, and only a few of them need to be replaced. In some situations, filling the space between the teeth can be risky to the patient’s overall long-term health.

An adult that has small gaps between the teeth may not need to have the spaces filled if they pose no functional issue. There are remedies that can be used to correct the spacing, but they are not considered medically necessary procedures. If the space between the teeth is more than a few millimeters, then there can be a negative effect on the long-term health of the patient.

When there are large spaces between teeth, the gums are not as well protected. This leaves the gums vulnerable to damage. Over time, damaged gums may begin to recede. One specific issue is when the bone beneath the gum begins to get damaged because there isn’t anything there to anchor the bone. As the bone becomes weaker, the teeth may begin to wobble around. Tooth decay and loss may ensue.

Typically the best case scenario with large spaces, is that the teeth begin to shift. If you’ve had braces, this can negate the positive effects of the treatment.

Fixing the Spaces After Orthodontic Treatment

If you’ve recently had treatment with Invisalign or other orthodontic appliances, you’ll want to keep your teeth in good condition. A dental implant is often the best remedy to replace a missing tooth. This requires the tooth to be anchored directly to the jaw bone. The tooth then functions much like a normal tooth.

Other options that are not as ideal include a bridge or partial denture. These options tend to stand out, and they are more noticeable. They also may allow the possibility of additional bone atrophy. In some cases, this may be your only option. However, you should definitely visit with an orthodontist to find out what options are available to you. If the spaces are extremely small, you may even be able to use a composite resin filling to improve the aesthetics of the teeth.

If you need a remedy to replace a missing tooth and you haven’t yet straightened your teeth, all hope is not lost. One nice thing about Invisalign treatment is that even if you have a bridge or implant, you can still get treatment. The implant or bridge won’t be able to move, but all of the teeth around it can move. This is why it’s so important to consult with a competent orthodontist before you get any treatments to make sure you get the best possible treatment.

Your orthodontist may recommend getting Invisalign or other orthodontic appliances applied first, and then have a procedure to replace any missing teeth. This way, you can ensure that you get the best possible smile. This is important since once you get an implant for a missing tooth, that tooth can’t be moved. If the placement of a dental implant isn’t ideal, it can reduce your options for treatment.

Missing Teeth in Children

Children who have missing teeth after treatment is a pretty common occurrence, especially if the appliances were applied before all of their adult teeth have come in. There is a device that is very similar to a partial denture that can be used. The appliance is wired to the teeth. When the adult teeth begin to come in, the appliance can be removed. For children who have adult teeth that are missing, the procedures prescribed for adults are actually ideal. It really depends on the age of the children and the current condition of their teeth.


If you have any questions about treatment, give our orthodontic practice, Beach Braces, a call to find out what treatment options are available for you and your family.

How Can I Start The Straightening Process?

If you are in need of a straightening procedure, give a call to our Manhattan Beach, CA orthodontic practice. Our professionals are on hand ready to help you through the procedure and will explain the methods used in detail before they get started in properly straightening your child’s teeth. An appointment can be made for an initial consultation if desired. We look forward to hearing from you!

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

What Your Child Should Expect Before and After Braces

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One who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.

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As we get older, our teeth can shift around, and suddenly that killer smile you’ve always had is not so perfect now. If your teeth are slightly misaligned, you could improve them with a modern quick fix. That’s the beauty of wearing clear, plastic braces; you don’t need surgery, they straighten teeth fast and allow you to eat the gooey-ist, nuttiest piece of candy.

Invisalign to the Rescue

The old-fashioned pair still exist with metal wires and brackets unattractively fastened to your teeth. They are not always comfortable and come with several rules and restrictions. A highly skilled orthodontist can determine if you are a candidate for clear, plastic aligners. These look attractive, because they are barely noticeable and don’t call unnecessary attention to you. They straighten teeth faster than the metal kind and let you resume normal living without having to abstain from this or that. Ladies, you can also freely wear lipstick and gloss with clear braces.

Worthy Beauty Investment

You deserve to be good to yourself and stay healthy, and investing in the Invisalign system is an intelligent choice for your future. Straight teeth and a radiant smile are the gifts that keep on giving, year after year. In addition, a new smile allows you to look more youthful. Christie Brinkley and Julia Roberts are two stars known for their effervescent smiles and perfect teeth. Christie is 62 and Julia is 48, which proves that a great, natural smile knows no age.

An Orthodontist Has Expert Advice

Make sure you visit an Invisalign specialist like Patricia J. Panucci of Manhattan Beach Orthodontics. She possesses great skill and knowledge along with a compassionate nature. She offers a complimentary consultation. She will give you a thorough evaluation and help you achieve a new and improved smile with perfectly straight teeth. Schedule an appointment today!

Beach Braces, 1730 Manhattan Beach Blvd. Suite B, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

TEL: 310-379-0006 Fax: (310) 379-7051.

One who smiles rather than rages is always the stronger.

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